From Barn to Beautiful: A Sweetish Wedding Reception

Two friends of mine got married in Sweden back in June 2011 and I managed to make it and be apart of their wedding day or in Swedish, bröllop dagen. I am close friends to one of the families and got to be involved with some of the preparation that went on. It was located in the smallest community of Sweden in a town called Bjurholm with a population around 2000 people. One of the many highlights of this wedding was the location of the reception. It took place at a Folk Museum and the actual dinner was to be held in what most people described as a “barn”. It was dirty on the inside, the roof needed repairs in case it rained, and it was filled with a bunch of things that needed to be moved. Most were wondering what the bride was thinking, but they didn’t see the picture she had imagined in her head.

The family members and close friends were on hand to help prepare the reception area that was to take place in about a weeks time. There was some bickering bertween everyone on how it should look, but the bride was positive on how she wanted it to look. One thing I have learned at weddings is to back off and do whatever the bride says. After a little tug of war things got moved around how the bride had wanted. The floor was cleaned up, the tables were arranged nicely, lights and decorations started going up on the walls. Finally everyone was starting to understand what the bride was picturing all along. It ended up turning out amazing and I was asked to take some photos of the finished product. Bjurholm being a small town doesn’t get many tourists to it so maybe they can draw some money through weddings. Who knows a future Swedish couple might like what they see and decide to get married here all thanks to an image one bride believed in and stuck to, and some enhanced photos taken by a Canadian guy.

I use the photo editing software Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 to do all of my photo editing. I would like to use Adobe Photoshop one day but I just don’t have the budget right now, but Corel can get the job done. I edited all of these photos afterwards and the most notable thing I did to them was add a glamour effect. It makes the photo have this soft, slightly out of focus look that makes it almost seem like you’re dreaming. One of the best parts about taking pictures in Sweden is in the month of June there is light coming from the sun 24 hours a day. So you never have to worry about low light situations and have a longer time to get pictures when the sun is at that nice low angle casting long shadows.

*All the wedding reception set-up photos can be viewed here on the Flickr group.


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